Rio Verde, AZ 85263
About Community Church of the Verdes
Our faith is summarized in the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion on saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
8:30 a.m. Sundays
The Community Church of the Verdes is committed to sharing the gifts which have been given to us with those beyond the walls of our building and our local community. To that end, we support a number of agencies each year (with a special emphasis on supporting children and families) and invite those agencies to join us in worship to share information about their work. We also join with the wider community each year to support a Habitat for Humanity building program, which was initiated by our church more than a decade ago and has the distinction of being one of the longest continuing Habitat programs in America.
Stephen Ministry; Alcoholics Anonymous; The Pad Project; Parents of Addicted Loved Ones. We also have a vibrant educational ministry which includes classes, Bible study and lectures. We also have a vibrant music ministry with a choir and a bell choir.
I am the Rev. Dr. Cathy Northrup, Pastor of Community Church of the Verdes, and I am just beginning this blog. I hope to contribute to it each week. Let me be clear about its purpose: it is not necessarily an informational site---for that, go to our website at www.verdefaith.org. The blog is a more personal site in a kind of conversational style. I hope you will read it, be provoked to reflection or action, and maybe even engage with me through my email, which can also be found on the church's website.
I thought I would reflect today on my schedule. A lot of people ask me what a pastor does all day, all week, with the kidding remark that we pastors "only work 20 minutes on Sunday." Well, my schedule includes visits with members and non-members, in my office or at their homes or in the hospital; meetings with committees and our Board; planning and preparation for worship with our Music Director; Bible study; writing sermons and liturgy, and of course so much more. I love the variety of my days and the interaction with people. It is good to try to help people see God working in their lives and think about how they might respond to God's call to them in their lives in various situations. I love what I do here in the Verdes, a more "hands on" kind of ministry rather than simply managing staff, etc.
This weekend, I also have the responsibility to lead a memorial service for a church member and dear friend. We will celebrate his life, mourn his loss, and witness to the promise of the resurrection. I will try to blend the person and the scripture in my remarks as we do so.
I have also begun writing a column for the Fountain Hills Times that will appear every other week. It shares the good news of the Bible in a way I hope will draw people in, and encourage them to read the Bible and attend a church that reads it. There are a number of such churches in Fountain Hills, and I am blessed to know their pastors through the FH Christian Ministerial Alliance, a special group of Christian leaders who meet monthly and keep connected and active throughout the year.
A couple of other interesting things happening......we are so glad to see organizations in our area fighting against human trafficking, as we had a lecturer here on that subject last year as well as giving some of our Endowment Fund draw to battle it; we are also glad to be newly involved with Justa Center, a center that works with homeless folks 55+ in Phoenix. The need is great, and the work goes on.
Talk with you next week. Be salt and light for God.
Grace and peace,
This past Sunday, I was busy here with worship and a memorial service so I missed a prayer walk in Fountain Hills with other ministers and Christians. The walk was to express our heartbreak at the laws which allow abortion up to, and now according to Virginia's Governor Northam, after the moment of birth, which is really infanticide. I am not getting political here; I am simply saying this kind of law is a tragedy.
But I don't want to stop there. If we are against abortion, we have a duty to do what we can to promote raising children in challenging circumstances, adoption, and other issues that support life.
That is my pondering for this week, but I also want to add something else. I invite you all to our worship service each Sunday at 8:30 am. This week, we will look at Sarai and her pregnant slave Hagar to see how God supports life, even in challenging circumstances. Also, each week we have wonderful and unique Bible studies. I lead one on at the church on Wednesday morning at 9, our Parish Associate leads one at the church on Tuesday mornings at 8 and Thursday afternoons at 4, and Ed Carpenter leads one for men on Thursday mornings at 7:30 at the Rio Verde Community Center. Come join us.
Grace and peace,
I went to see my neurologist yesterday after a recent health incident, and I smiled when I noticed his coffee cup. It said "Please do not confuse your Google search with my medical degree." I joked with him about it, because so many people go to the internet to look up their diagnoses and diseases and come up with all kinds of errant information.
The same, I think, is true for many things in life. We look at the internet as the source of all knowledge, and while it can be a very helpful tool, it's not perfect, it doesn't exercise judgment and maturity and discretion, and as with statistics, you can often find whatever you want to support whatever theory you want.
Do you want answers to the true questions and issues of life, or do you at least want to journey with people who are seeking those answers in God and his Word? Come join us at Community Church of the Verdes, for worship, study, mission, education, fellowship, service and more.
Grace and peace,